Saturday, November 18, 2006

Paris Honors Algerian Hero

Never at a loss for finding new heros after whom to name a street or a square, the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë has now honored the champion of Algerian resistance Emir Abd El-Kader. France-Echos reports, citing Jeuxvideo as their source:

Emir Abd El-Kader, hero of the Algerian struggle against French colonization, now has his own square in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Arab World Institute and the Great Mosque.

In the presence of one of the great-grand-sons of this great warrior who led the war against the French and organized an Arab State founded on Islam, the mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë praised "a magnificent person" through whom the French capital wishes to "render homage to the Algerian people".

Algeria's national hero, Abd El-Kader led the war against French troops in the 19th century before taking refuge in Morocco. After surrendering to the French in 1847, he was held prisoner until Napoleon III released him in 1852. He spent the second part of his life in the Near East.

The new Abd El-Kader Square, situated at the juncture of Poliveau, Fossés Saint-Marcel, and Saint-Hilaire Streets, will allow us to inscribe the name of this "Algerian nationalist (...) in the eternity of Paris", stressed the mayor...

The decision to name a square in Paris after Emir Abd El-Kader was made by the Paris City Council on May 16th. Paris already has two squares bearing the names of other North African leaders: Place Mohammed V, the former King of Morocco, inaugurated in 2002, and Esplanade Habib Bourguiba, leader of Tunisian independence, inaugurated in 2004.

The image of Abd El-Kader is from Herodote.


At November 18, 2006 9:41 AM, Anonymous W.LindsayWheeler said...

I am aghast at your posts! I am beside myself with anguish and this one I am responding to takes the cake!

What in the World is happening in France?! that they name a square of somebody who killed French soldiers!

I read that first article about thugs beating up policemen!

Have they lost their marbles in France?

At November 18, 2006 8:58 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ lindsay

They've been made to feel guilty for being French. It's called the politics of repentance. It is official government, Socialist policy.

Many writers and and analysts of patriotic mettle have been railing against this for years, but it goes on and on.

It's the predictable final stage of France's Arab policy that dates to the 19th century - but of course at first France was supposed to dominate THEM, THEY were not supposed to dominate France. It has turned out perverted from the original goal. Things really worsened in 1995 when Jacques Chirac came to power - he started the "repentance machine" going.

Have they lost their marbles? Yes, they certainly have.

We've had something similar with the blacks - we were fed a daily diet of guilt. Our city schools were destroyed by this - we had to pander and molly-coddle and give undeserved high grades to kids because "we" had enslaved their ancestors 300 years ago. And we have named streets after Martin Luther King and others... Malcolm X is a hero. It's the same here. France is concentrated into an area smaller than Texas. Now imagine Texas with 6 million or more Muslims! But...doesn't Texas have the same type of problem with Mexicans?

At November 25, 2006 10:28 AM, Anonymous big bill said...

e see the same thing in America.

In Tucson, Arizona, for example, the Mexicans have created, installed and dedicated a statue to Mexican bandito Pancho Villa.

Villa came across the border and shot up a town in New Mexico, killing many of its residents, yet he is honored in Arizona.

Honored as a great Mexican "liberator", I presume.


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